Are you having trouble disconnecting a gas stove? Here’s a short guide on how to do it the right way. Disconnecting gas ranges may be difficult, but it is still a task that can be completed. Whether you want to detach your gas stove to give it a complete cleaning, repair a faulty hose connector, or replace the entire appliance. You can do it all on your own without spending any money.
Before you begin, you’ll need a few essential items from your local hardware shop.
- Two protective boards: optimally 2 pieces of Masonite, 2X4, 1/8” thick each
- An adjustable wrench 10″ or larger
- 2 extra Masonite boards if you want to move the stove more than 4′ from its current location
- A second pipe wrench if you want to repair or reconnect your flex pipe
- Pipe thread sealant if you want to replace or reattach your flex pipe
Follow these 5 direct steps to safely disconnect your gas stove with ease.
Place The Masonite Under the Stove Legs
Masonite is a type of engineered wood made from several fibers, comparable to particleboard, plywood, and medium-density fiberboard. It is a form of high-density fiberboard (HDF) that has been firmly compressed using a wet process, resulting in a light, somewhat flexible, and adaptable material. Take out your Masonite board. One side should be smooth, while the other should be felt-like. To avoid scratching their floors, all homeowners should wipe off the board and position the felt/rough side on the ground in front of their gas burners. Because the boards are often offered in 2X4 sizes, you will need two to cover the width of your stove. Slide the boards under the legs of the stove one at a time, carefully raising the stove with your arms and pushing the boards behind the front legs of the stove with your feet. One of the boards will slightly overlap the other.
Move Your Stove Outward
To acquire a solid grip on the appliance, open the oven door slightly and reach inside the oven and under the cooktop. Lift the oven and carefully move it outwards. If you have back problems or are in poor health, have a friend or family member do this step for you. The oven should begin moving down the Masonite board at this point. It may be necessary to gently raise it in order for the back to catch along the board. When your oven passes over the Masonite boards, you will notice scratches; these scratches would have otherwise caused havoc on your kitchen floor.
Unplug The Range
Once the stove is sufficiently removed from the wall, step behind it and locate the socket into which it is plugged. Turn off the stove. If you want to be extra careful, turn off the power to your kitchen from the circuit breaker before proceeding.
Shutoff The Gas
Your stove should remain connected to the gas line through a flexible tubing that terminates near the gas shutdown valve. This tube is also known as a flexible tube, pipeline, flex hose, flexible line, or flexible gas line. The valve is often red or yellow in color and resembles a valve used to switch on and off outdoor water hoses. Almost all state standards require gas shutdown valves to be positioned within 6 feet of your stove gas appliance. The valve in older buildings may be placed in the basement ceiling, beneath the floor, where your flex tubing joins the gas line in the wall. When you’ve found the valve, turn it 90 degrees perpendicular to turn off the gas. Some valves operate clockwise, while others operate counterclockwise. Gently spin the valve in both directions until you can turn it the appropriate distance – it should not allow rotations beyond 90 degrees. Return to your stove and try to light one of your burners to ensure that your gas is turned off. If you hear your burners clicking but they do not ignite, the gas has been effectively turned off.
Unscrew The Flex Pipe
Locate the point where the flex pipe from your stove links to the gas pipe supply coming from the wall. This is commonly a nut located just beneath or close to the gas valve.
Put your wrench on or near the nut to determine whether it needs to be adjusted. Adjust the wrench’s jaw size using the thumbscrew until it fits tightly around the nut. Position the wrench on the nut with the adjustable jaw facing you. Pull the wrench towards you to loosen the nut, then return to the same position and continue the process until the nut is entirely unscrewed and the flex pipe is free of the wall. When you first disconnect the gas connection, it is typical to smell natural gas. This gas had become trapped in the gas main line or flex tube and had to be released. During this period, do not start any fires near your kitchen.
When it comes to removing your gas appliances, safety should always be your top priority. Here are some key steps to follow in order to safely disconnect and remove a gas appliance:
- When it comes to removing gas appliances, safety should always come first. The following are some important measures to take in order to properly disconnect and remove a gas appliance:
- Make sure the valve that controls the flow of gas to the appliance is closed to avoid any gas from leaking during the disconnecting procedure.
- Remove the supply hose from the appliance with care. This disconnects the appliance from the gas supply line.Depending on the kind of appliance, you need to disassemble burners and other gas-related components.
- When dealing with gas appliances, make sure your workspace is well-ventilated. This eliminates the possibility of accidental gas intake, which might pose major health hazards
After reading this guide, you should be able to safely and securely disconnect your gas stove. Working with gas appliances may be risky, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the technique. If you are ever confused or uncomfortable handling gas appliances, calling a professional is always the best option.